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Post Decisions

Post Decisions

Final Grants of Permission

A period of 4 weeks, from the date of the decision of the Council in relation to a planning application, is allowed for the lodging of appeals. 

In the case of a decision to grant permission, if no appeal has been lodged against the decision of the Council in this period, then, the Council are permitted to issue a final grant of planning permission. 

To allow for possible delays by An Bord Pleanala notifying the Council in relation to appeals lodged it is the policy of the Council to issue a final grants of permission on a weekly basis 6 weeks after the original decision to grant permission is made.

The final grant is an important document and should be stored safely.


The Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 (Commencement) Order 2021 (SI 714 of 2021) was signed on 17th December 2021. Compliance conditions requiring agreement now have a statutory timeline of 8 weeks. Further to Circular PL 01-2022, this timeline applies to compliance submissions received after the 17th December 2021, regardless of planning permission decision date.

To avail of the statutory timeline under Section 34(5) of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 (as amended), applicants/developers are required to submit compliance submissions to or in writing to Planning Registry, LUPT, South Dublin County Council, County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Only submissions in writing or by email (as per above) will be considered as submitted to the Planning Authority under Section 34(5).  Please also include the Compliance Submission Form available at the bottom of this page with your submission.  Applicants/ developers are encouraged to continue to liaise and consult with SDCC staff in the various Departments to informally discuss compliance conditions prior to a formal compliance submission to the Planning Authority under Section 34(5) of the Act.

Appeals against Decisions

Making an appeal against a planning decision

A person who has made a valid submission on a planning application may appeal to An Bord Pleanala  against the decision or any conditions attached to the Council's decision within 4 weeks beginning on the date of the Council's decision.

It is vital that you retain the acknowledgement of receipt of your submission issued to you by the local authority as the Bord will request this document if you are lodging an appeal. Appeals must be accompanied by payment of the appropriate fee. (Fee Details)
Interested parties are advised to consult An Bord Pleanala, to ascertain if an appeal has been lodged by the applicant.
All appeals against decisions of the Planning Authority and all correspondence in relation to new and existing appeals should be addressed to The Secretary, An Bord Pleanala , 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 (Tel. 8588100 – LoCall: 1890 275 175 or email: ).

A permission either granted by the Council or An Bord Pleanala  on appeal, generally has a life of five years although this can be extended in certain limited circumstances. 
For full information on how to make an appeal please see the Department of the Environment Heritage and Local Government booklet – Making a Planning Appeal.
For details of all documents and information that should accompany an appeal, please see the Appeals Checklist :

Commencement Notices

Commencement Notices Are Required For:-

  1. The erection of a building
  2. The material alteration or extension of a building and
  3. A material change of use of a building
  • A valid notice should be completed fully and received not less than 14 days and not more than 28 days before the commencement of the works or the making of the material change of use.
  • A Commencement Notice must not be submitted until Final Grant of Planning Permission is issued
  • If a Fire Safety Certificate is required the Fire Safety Certificate must be granted before submission of the Commencement Notice.

(See related documents below for Commencement Notice Forms and Guidelines)

Security for Satisfactory Completion of Development

Developers are obliged to lodge with the Council a bond or other security to ensure the satisfactory completion of a development. 

The level of security deemed appropriate is assessed at the time permission for a development is being considered, and any permission is conditioned accordingly.
It is intended that this provide a form of guarantee that the major public infrastructure in a development will be completed satisfactorily. 
The release of the security, lodged with the Council by the developer, will only follow inspections carried out by Council staff to ensure that the development has been satisfactorily completed in accordance with the planning permission.  

Fire Safety Cert

For more information on Fire Safety Certificates please view the Building Control  section of Planning.

Taking in Charge

Taking in Charge of Residential Development

When a residential development is completed in accordance with all the conditions and particulars of the planning permission, the developer may make a written request to the Planning Department to have the estate taken in charge (roads and services). 

A completion certificate must also be submitted from a Consultant Engineer. 
On foot of a request to take an estate in charge a building control inspector will visit the site to ensure all works are completed in accordance with planning permission granted and to the required taking in charge standard. As constructed drawings and a drainage survey must be submitted and any way leaves and transfer of title (open space) if required. 
A recommendation is then made by the Building Control Section to have the roads and services taken in charge. The statutory procedure for taking in charge is then put in place by the Roads Department.

For additional information, see the section on Building Control

Public Lighting 

The role of the Public Lighting Section of the Council is to;

  • Approve the design of new public lighting schemes in the county prepared by competent public lighting design consultants to BS5489:2013 and the SDCC Specification for Public Lighting Installations in Residential and Industrial Developments: February 1997.
  • Oversee the installation of new public lighting infrastructure.
  • Maintain and or renew the public lighting infrastructure in the county.